Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Noon
Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Building 1, Room 1261
Gary Thomas has been performing and recording professionally as a bassist for over a decade. After spending his early years as a musician in northern Florida, Thomas moved to Miami in 2007 to study music at the University of Miami, where he studied under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, Gary Lindsay, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland and others, ultimately completing both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. It was also in Miami that Thomas first began composing, performing and recording original music.
Since the start of his career, Thomas has been recognized as a composer in DownBeat magazine and has participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the famed international jazz residency program at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Thomas has performed alongside artists such as Shelly Berg, Kevin Mahogany, Ira Sullivan, John Fedchock, Mary Wilson, Richie Cole and the Woody Herman Orchestra. He also continues to work extensively as both a group leader and freelance artist in South Florida. Thomas is currently on the faculty at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus as a bass professor.